Scene Blows Up In 1st Week

photo: pont neuf illuminated

All of Paris' bridges were illuminated last week.

This 'Scene' Needs a Drastic 'Clip!'

Paris:- Saturday, 27. November 1999:- The result of going out and looking for events for this column and for the Christmas and '2000' events in 'Scene II' is ballooning size.

This calls for a 'drastic clip job.' Clipped items in the 'Art Works,' 'Photo Works' and 'Cinéma, Music, Theatre, Dance' sections are hyperlinked to 'Scene' in issue 4.46. Just click and there you will be - but without a contents list. Happy scrolling!

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'Scene' continues on its Page II, which features Paris Christmas 99 and Paris 2000 Events. Click on these below to go directly to them:

The items below are not necessarily 'new;' but they are new to this column.

Outrage aux Moeurs - or, the three trials of Oscar Wilde, by Moïsés Kaufman, adapted by Jean-Marie Besset, directed by Thierry Harcourt. Until Saturday, 8. January. At the Théâtre 14 / J M Serreau, 20. Avenue Marc Sangnier, Paris 14. Métro: Porte de Vanves. Info. Tel.: 01 45 45 49 77.

Exhibition Roger Pfund - Swiss graphics of French banknotes, by Roger Pfund, at the Centre Culturel Suisse, until Sunday, 12. December. Open from Wednesday to Sunday; frombrochure: 70 f theatre pass 14:00 to 19:00. At 38. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Rambuteau. Info. Tel.: 01 42 71 38 38.

Le Vent Nous Emportera - won the 'Grand Jury' prize at Venice this year and is now playing in Paris cinemas. Until 29. January there is also a photo exhibition by Abbas Kiarostami, at the Galerie de France, plus a book. No address, no Info. Tel. number.

Cheap Seats - if you are under 26, first class private theatre seats are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for one price: 70 francs. With the Folies Bergère, 43 other theatres are taking part in this offer of cheap seats. Info. Tel.: 08 00 80 07 50.

21st Salon des Vins - and the rest of the title is, 'Des Caves Particulars,' which means the smaller, independent producers - who are hoping you will buy your holiday season supply, after having a good taste, of course. From Friday, 3. Decemberposter: movie, le vent nous emport to Tuesday, 7. December; from 10:00 to 20:00 and on Wednesday, 8. December until 19:00. This year's edition is in roomier surroundings at Paris-Expo, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Toymania! - thousands of toys in collector's condition will be on view and for sale on Saturday, 11. December and Sunday, 12. December; from 10:00 to 19:00; entry: 55 francs. At Aquaboulevard, 4. Rue Louis-Armand, Paris 15. Métro: Balard.

Rallye Pédestre - will be a tour through Paris' old passages, and not training for all of next year's marathons. Places cost 50 francs and are limited to first come, etc; so call 01 42 61 55 02. Oh yes, it's on Saturday, 11. December and the meeting place is in the reception of the Mairie of the 2nd, at 8. Rue de la Banque, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse.

The Heights of Paris - 'are little known' according to the city's magazine 'Paris Le Journal,' which did not see Metropole's feature about the Parc de Belleville in Paris' 20th arrondissement. The Action Artistique de Paris has some sort of show about the 20th and its views, until Tuesday, 21. December. No name, just the address: 18. Boulevard Sérurier, Paris 19. Métro: Porte des Lilas. Info. Tel.: 01 43 25 30 30, which just may be one of the Archives de Paris locations.

Art Exhibition - this is a generic name I give to what may be an interesting exhibition, but which has a name that is far too long. It is its 71st edition and the hero of the day is the painter Erro, and the sculptor Patrick Drouin is also on hand. At the Mairie of the 13th, until Saturday, 11. December. Métro: Place de l'Italie. Daily except Sundays, from 11:00 to 18:00.

Roni Horn - 'place' or 'geographic' art, is not about geography, but about an environment which is created to surround art, and is part of the art itself. An concurrent exhibition is titled 'L'Autre Sommeil' and it is supposed to be strange, fantastic - modern art, in short. Both until 30. January, at the Paris' Musée d'Art Modern, 11. Avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Ièna or Alma-Marceau. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00; to 17:30 Tuesday to Friday and to 18:45 Saturday and Sunday. Info. Tel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

Souvenirs Moscouvites 1860 - 1930 has been loaned to Paris by Moscow's history museum. The exhibition has 200 hundred photos and some costumes; plus there is a wealth of other material from closer sources, such as the Vassiliev collection. Paris-Moscow-Paris fashions are the highlights. Until 13. January. Musée Galliera, Paris' Musée de la Mode, at 47. Rueposter: nattier - national gallery Raynouard, Paris 16. Except Mondays, open daily from 10:00 to 17:40. Info. Tel.: 01 55 74 41 80.

Jean-Marc Nattier - official portraitist to the family of Louis XV, has his first retrospective which features about 70 paintings and some drawings. Except Mondays, from 9:45 to 17:00 daily. Until 30. January. Where else? At the Musée du Château de Versailles, in Versailles. You can't miss it. Take the train from Montparnasse or the RER line 'C.' Info. Tel.: 01 30 83 78 00. 'Manon Balletti'©Trustees of the National Gallery

L'art de la Terre Vernissée - From the middle ages to 2000; includes decorative fragments by Bernard Palissy from the grotto of the Château des Tuileries. Until 10. January; from 10:00 to 17:00 daily except Tuesdays. There are a lot of other objects to see as well at the Musée de Céramique Sèvres, Place de la Manufacture - at the south end of the Pont de Sèvres. Métro: same name. Info. Tel.: 01 41 14 04 20.

Eugène de Beauharnais - or Honneur et Fidélité. Between the end of the 'Terror' and the fall of the Empire in 1814 Eugène de Beauharnais had an exciting life, and won every honor to be had. But did he do it on his own or was he helped by his uncle? Until Monday, 3. January; open daily except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 17:00. Musée du Château de Malmaison in Reuil-Malmaison. Métro or RER line 'A' to La Défense; then bus 258. Info. Tel.: 01 41 29 05 55.

An Ostentatious Auto-Clock - nicknamed 'de Charles Quint.' Augsberg was famous for its clockworks and especially for its 50 auto-clocks. Three in the form of sailing ships exist, and one of them is on view until Wednesday, 5. January at the Musée de la Renaissance, at the Château d'Ecouen. Not easy to find, but the SNCF can take you part way, from Gare du Nord. The bus 269 goes the final distance. Info. Tel.: 01 34 38 38 50.

This item closes new events for this week on account of a passed deadline. The posters accompanying this feature will therefore be decorative only - unless you want to request details.

39th Salon Nautique - is Paris' bigposter: salon nautique annual boat show, which is mildly important because Paris has a big port, but also because France has a lot of coast and sailors to match. From Friday, 4. December until Monday, 13. December; from 10:00 to 19:00; on Friday, 10. December, until 23:00. At Paris-Expo, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Salon du Cheval du Poney et de l'Ane - is a horse, pony and donkey show, lasting nine days. Morocco is the guest of honor this year. This a proper salon which features very serious competitions, judging and events - with areas for kids as well. In its 28th year, the salon will fill four of Paris Expo's halls. From Saturday, 4. December to Sunday, 12. December. Daily from 10:00 to 19:00; Tuesday, 7. December until 22:00. Métro: Porte de Versailles. Info. Tel.: 08 03 39 83 98.

Paris Invented - nearly everything usual today in Paris had to be invented. The Pont-Neuf was invented in 1606 for example. The first covered and heated swimming pool was opened on 8. July 1884, and somebody had to dream up the first cinema, which was done in 1907. See the history of all this from Friday, 3. December until the end of March, at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21. Boulevard Morland, Paris 4. Métro: Sully-Morland. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

Rivages - is an exhibition featuring 200 watercolors depicting the sights and treasures to be found at the water's edge, from the Côte d'Opale on the Riviera to the bay of Mont Saint-Michel or the calanques near Cassis. Part of this expo comes from the Museum of Natural History and also has an aquarium, plus sails rippling in the wind. At the Espace Electra, 6. Rue Récamier, Paris 7. Open daily except Monday, from 12:00 to 19:00. Métro: Sèvres-Babylone. Info. Tel.: 01 53 63 23 45.

Robert Desnos - was a popular pioneer surrealist. All surrealism was pioneering, but not all of it was 'popular.' Desnos is having homage paid to him apparently at the bookshop of the Paris' Bibliothéque Historique, which is a few doors away from the Bibliothéque Historiqueposter: thr ouvert, meurtres hors champ itself, in the Rue Pavée. Exhibition at 22. Rue Malher, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. Info. Tel.: 01 44 59 29 60.

Maitres de l'Encre - features Chang Dai-Chien, T'ang Hayen and Zao Wou-Ki, three Chinese brush masters, with their limpid ink sketches done on the fly, that look as if they are still wet. Until 6. February, from Wednesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 18:00. At the Musée de Pontoise, 4. Rue Lemercier, Pontoise. Access via SNCF from Gare du Nord or Saint-Lazare. Info. Tel.: 01 30 38 02 40.

Musée d'Art et d'Historie du Judaïsme - has two shows: the first is entitled 'Regards - Sur la Vie Juive au Maroc' and the second, in the 'Chambre du Duc,' will present the works of Jean-Pierre Bertrand with the title 'Ethrog, 1999.' Both exhibitions continue until Sunday, 2. January 2000.

The museum is open from Monday to Friday, from 11:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. Info Tel.: 01 53 01 86 53 and Fax.: 33 1 42 72 97 47. Since it is a new museum, there is also an Internet address you can write to for information. Musée d'Art et d'Historie du Judaïsme, in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan. This is 'in' the Marais, at 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau.

Brésil Baroque - Between Earth and Sky - 500 years ago next 22. April, Alvarès Cabrai found an unknown land, which is known as Brazil today. Apparently unlike Peru or Mexico, Brazil was a blank slate, to be filled in by Indians, Africans and Europeans. The resulting art is little known in Europe and this exhibition will change our 'blank slate' view of it. Until 6. February. Next spring, 30 centuries of Mexican art will take over, also in the Petit Palais, Avenue du Winston Churchill, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau. Except Monday, open from 10:00 to 17:40; to 20:00 on Thursdays. Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 12 73.

Portrait of Mexico - as part of the '2000 in Paris' salute to the new world of the Americas, a film history of Mexico is a current attraction at the Forum des Images-Vidéothèque. This is in the Forum des Halles, by the Porte Saint-Eustache entry, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 44 76 62 00.

La Mort n'en Saura Rien - is an exhibition of 74 pieces or sets depicting how man faces death, from two widely separated civilizations; Europe and the islands of the oceans. This exhibition continues until 24. January 2000. Two other single-artist exhibitions feature the Moroccan artist Farid Belkahia and the little-known Clovis Trouville. These continue until Monday, 3. January. At the Musée National des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée and bus 46. Open daily except Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 17:30. Info. Tel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

Napoléon's Eye - was Dominique Vivant Denon's nickname. Denon ended up being the Louvre's first director, which kind of makes him the grandfather of all big museum directors. This exhibition contains his private collections and his public ones, as Napoléon's servant. At the Louvre, every day except Tuesday, from 9:00 to 17:45; with late evening to 21:45 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Until 17. January. Paris 1. Métro: Palais Royal. Info. Tel.: 01 40 20 50 50.

Here Come Les Fauves - for 30 years nobody has paid much attention to these wild men of color, who crashed in the public's consciousness in 1905 with their flaming palettes. No 'isms' here; just full-tilt color. Big names by the metre, lots of color; a perfect winter show. From 10:00 to 17:30 daily except Mondays; until 27. February 2000, at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau Info. Tel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

Théo Van Gogh, Dealer, Collector - and brother of Vincent Van Gogh, put all his resources into his family, his collection and to promoting the 'unsalable' production of his brother. Théo followed all the 'isms' of the day, from Camille Corot to Camille Pissarro - as well as his brother, Vincent. Until Sunday, 9. January. Except Monday, daily from 10:00 to 18:00; Sundays from 9:00 to 18:00. Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion-d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER 'C' Musée d'Orsay. Info. Tel.: 01 40 49 48 84.

Chardin's Still Lifes - are called 'Natures Mortes' in French, which sort of means 'dead nature' which is not what is meant at all. Jean Siméon Chardin production of 200 exquisitely detailed still lifes is something of a record. For this major exhibition, 95 of them are on display at the Grand Palais until Monday, 22. November. Except Tuesdays, daily from 10:00 to 20:00 and on Wednesdays until 22:00. Reservations are required for morning visits. At the Square Jean-Perrin, Paris 8. Métro: Clemenceau. Info. Tel.: 01 44 13 17 47.

Jean Béraud et le Paris de la Belle Epoque - While the impressionists were all the rage a century ago, Jean Béaud recorded in paint the streets and byways of the City of Light, capturing the charm and the spirit of it. This exhibition presents 60 representative works and it continues until 2. Februar 2000, at the Musée Carnavalet, 23. Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin Vert. Info. Tel.: 01 42 72 21 13.


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